By scifiMethods on January 5, 2013South African director Neil Blomkamp may not currently be amongst the most well-known film makers in the world, but the Science Fiction genre is certainly lucky to have him as a contributor. After making a series of stand-out short films (see below), his breakthrough into mainstream success was with low-budget production “District-9” which firmly held it's place amongst the blockbusters of 2009 and delivered a much-needed fresh and engaging approach to scifi filmmaking. His next film "Elysium" starring Matt Damon, is scheduled for release in August 2013
By scifiMethods on December 4, 2012If you are familiar with the work of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, you may know him as the director of 90s cult cockroach-based scifi horror "Mimic", the respectable first sequel to Blade (that's Blade II, by the way) or the adapted from comic book Hellboy films. For many, however, he is known for his masterpiece "Pan's Labyrinth": a Spanish-language film which manages to be truly terrifying whilst drawing you into a fantastical fairy tale at the same time.
By scifiMethods on September 1, 2012At the time of writing this, the Wikipedia article for the William Gibson novel "Neuromancer" says "There have been several unsuccessful initial attempts at film adaptations of Neuromancer". This is the understatement of understatements. Gibson's book is widely heralded as the largest contributor to the solidification of Cyberpunk as a genre, and a (respectful) film adaptation could be the most important thing to happen in the area since... well, ever.
By scifiMethods on August 3, 2012There were people who, when they heard a short story by P.K. Dick was being made into a big-budget action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1990, said it would be atrocious. And they were damn right. If you haven’t watched the original film recently, I would suggest you do so ASAP so you can be reminded of what a clumsy and badly acted cheeseball it really is. You will probably also, like me, be reminded of why you loved it so much and still do.
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